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FOUNDATION FOR SAN MATEO COUNTY LIBRARIES

Investing in the future of San Mateo County Libraries

SAN MATEO, CA   |  https://investinsmcl.org

Mission

Foundation for San Mateo County Libraries' mission is to provide annual resources to support San Mateo County Libraries’ goals and system initiatives. San Mateo County Libraries serves the diverse communities of Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, North Fair Oaks, Pacifica, Portola Valley, San Carlos, Woodside, and the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County.

Notes from the nonprofit

At the Foundation for San Mateo County Libraries, we’re champions of learning, sharing and exploration – of open minds, new ideas and bright futures. Our 13 libraries are welcoming, inclusive places that inspire curiosity and sustain community connection. Through ongoing recovery efforts, we became experts at adapting to meet critical needs and never wavered in our commitment to providing equitable library services. Our San Mateo County Libraries' accomplishments would not have been possible without the valued support of our Library JPA Governing Board and Operations Committee, our generous donors, incredible Friends of the Library and Foundation for San Mateo County Libraries, our volunteers, and of course, our extraordinary staff. Together, San Mateo County Libraries continues to provide award-winning services and work in partnership with our diverse communities to build upon our 110 years of success and relevance.

Ruling year info

2019

Principal Officer

Raquel Espana

Main address

125 LESSINGIA CT

SAN MATEO, CA 94402 USA

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EIN

83-1472500

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Foundation for San Mateo County Libraries believes that everyone, at every age, should be able to enjoy a high quality equitable experience at the libraries. The libraries host programs to support every stage of life and the newest equipment to feed the next generation of leaders in the community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

San Mateo County Libraries Youth and Family Services

Youth and Family Services include family workshops, summer learning challenge, winter learning challenge, early literacy programs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Lifelong Learning includes supporting Makerspaces, adult education (literacy, community learning), adult programs(author talks, community conversatons) and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Seniors

Community engagement includes outreach and mobile services like our bookmobile, outreach events and upcoming makermobile (2021) and playmobile (2022)

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

International Public Library 2019

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Foundation is creating a legacy for the communities by enhancing the work of the libraries. The current focus of the Foundation is Youth and Family Services, Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning.

The Foundation is raising awareness of the libraries and fundraising on behalf of the library system. Raising Awareness will allow more and more of the community to come and find out what the libraries have to offer and understand that it is all free. Fundraising will be focused on the strategic initiatives of the libraries at any given time.

The Foundation has a robust team of Board members and volunteers with a dedicated Executive Director that allows for the capacity to strive for these goals.

The Foundation has been able to succeed in recruiting board members to start this endeavor. The Foundation has also secured two grants over $50,000 to support the work of the libraries. In the FY 19-20 fiscal year, the Foundation launched with a event to share with the public that the Foundation is now the fundraising arm of the San Mateo County Libraries.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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FOUNDATION FOR SAN MATEO COUNTY LIBRARIES

Board of directors
as of 08/21/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Caiti Busch

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/21/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/21/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.